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Do you need malaria tablets in Borneo?

Do you need malaria tablets in Borneo?

There is a low risk of malaria in all areas of Borneo. Travellers to areas where there is a risk of malaria should get advice regarding malaria medication which can be taken to help stop the illness from developing.

Which is the best malaria tablets to take?

When several different drugs are recommended for an area, the following table might help in the decision process.

  • Atovaquone/Proguanil (Malarone)
  • Chloroquine.
  • Doxycycline.
  • Mefloquine.
  • Primaquine.
  • Tafenoquine (ArakodaTM)

Do you need vaccinations to go to Borneo?

For most short-term travellers the usual recommended vaccinations for Borneo include cover against the childhood diseases (Tetanus and Diphtheria, Measles, Mumps and Rubella), as well as cover against the food and water borne diseases of Typhoid and Hepatitis A.

What malaria tablets do I need for Kenya?

High risk areas: atovaquone/proguanil OR doxycycline OR mefloquine is usually advised for those visiting risk areas. Low to no risk areas: malaria tablets are not normally advised for Nairobi and the immediate surrounding areas.

Is Borneo Safe 2020?

Borneo in general is a safe destination with relatively low crime rates. Tourists should exercise the usual precautions – not walking alone at night, not leaving valuables such as cameras and smart phones on display, and using registered taxis.

What is the best month to visit Borneo?

The best time to visit Borneo is between March and October, when the island is hot, humid, and at its driest. This makes it one of Southeast Asia’s few summer destinations. It is also the best time to see orangutans in the wild, while turtles can be seen on Lankayan Island between June and September.

How long before travel should you take malaria tablets?


Product Before Exposure After Exposure
Mefloquine 1 week prior to departure 4 weeks after
Doxycycline 2 days prior to departure 4 weeks after
Atovaquone & Proguanil 2 days prior to departure 1 week after

What is the best medicine for malaria and typhoid?

Antibiotic therapy is the only effective treatment for typhoid fever….Commonly prescribed antibiotics include:

  • Ciprofloxacin (Cipro).
  • Azithromycin (Zithromax).
  • Ceftriaxone.

When is the best time to go to Borneo?

Do I need a yellow fever certificate for Kenya?

Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for Kenya. The National Travel Health Network and Centre and WHO recommend the following vaccinations for Kenya: hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid, cholera, yellow fever, rabies, meningitis, polio and tetanus.

What are the side effects of malaria pills?

Possible side effects – dizziness, headache, sleep disturbances (insomnia and vivid dreams) and psychiatric reactions (anxiety, depression, panic attacks and hallucinations). It’s very important to tell your doctor about any previous mental health problems, including mild depression.

What should I avoid in Malaysia?

10 Things You Must NOT Do in Malaysia

  • #1 Insult the Local Food.
  • #2 Compare Malaysia with Singapore.
  • #3 Point with Your Forefinger.
  • #4 Trust the Traffic Lights.
  • #5 Use Taxis.
  • #6 Bring Up Race or Religion.
  • #7 Give Money to Beggars.
  • #8 Shake Hands with Members of the Opposite Sex. How to Shake Hands the Malaysian Way.

Is it safe to take malaria pills in Borneo?

Some areas of Sabah and Sarawak that are near the Indonesian border also have a higher risk of malaria. For a short stay (1-3 weeks) it should be no problem to take malaria pills. According to the Center for Disease Control, Chloroquine is not an effective anti-malarial drug in Malaysia.

Is it safe to take Malarone in Malaysia?

Atovaquone-proguanil (Malarone), doxycycline and mefloquine are options for use in Malaysia. Unless recommended otherwise it is best to avoid the stronger prescriptions such as Larium (mefloquine) which can cause unpleasant side effects. Is Dengue Fever present in Sarawak & Sabah?

What to do if you get malaria in Malaysia?

To avoid malaria in Malaysia you will need to adhere to the bite prevention advice, and take anti malarials if you are travelling in or through a high risk area. You will need a prescription for this medication, obtained from your GP or through our online consultation service.

What kind of mosquito repellent to use in Borneo?

If you will be spending time in national parks or upriver areas (e.g. Batang Ai & Nanga Sumpa), we recommend you use mosquito repellent that contains 30-50% DEET. Use this in the jungle and interior. Milder sprays can be used in the city or for normal use.